Utah’s Mike Lee says trial statements about him were ‘contrary to fact,’ gets record revised: report – Fox News
U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, succeeded Wednesday in having a Democrat’s statements about him withdrawn from the record during the second day of former President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial.
Lee objected after U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., claimed during the trial that Trump had spoken to Lee by phone during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. But Lee insisted that Trump had been trying to contact U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., instead.
“Tonight the House impeachment managers made false statements mischaracterizing Sen. Lee’s account of a phone conversation between President Trump and Senator Tuberville,” a Lee spokesman told Fox News. “Sen. Lee objected and asked that the false statements be stricken from the record. The House managers agreed to withdraw those statements.”
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“They are contrary to fact. I am the only witness. Those statements are not true … were not made by me and they’re not accurate.”
U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who is presiding over the trial, initially objected to Lee’s assertion – but Lee appealed – prompting Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to seek clarification on why Leahy objected.
“They are contrary to fact,” Lee said, disputing Cicilline’s remarks, during the trial. “I am the only witness. Those statements are not true … were not made by me and they’re not accurate.”
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Some discussion ensued, and then lead House impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., declared Cicilline’s comments about Lee to be “not true,” and agreed to have the remarks pulled from the record, according to the Washington Times.
Earlier this week, Lee appeared on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” where he predicted Trump will ultimately be acquitted in the impeachment trial – just as Trump was acquitted last February after the first time he was impeached.
Fox News’ Marisa Schultz report contributed to this report.
Published at Thu, 11 Feb 2021 05:37:45 +0000